(April Newsletter) Why did you know this job at Room One was the right one for you?
I had been keeping my eyes and heart open for the right opportunity to come along in the Valley for some time now. When I read the job description for the Associate Director, I knew this was the moment! The values Room One not only expresses but embodies everyday in the work are so aligned with how I aspire to be in the world. The opportunity to work both in highly responsive ways to immediate needs as well as working and thinking with our community about systems and strategies we can take together to improve lived experience for all is truly meaningful for me.
How are you connected to the Valley?
My husband is a carpenter here in the Valley and from one of the homesteading families. My mom and her partner moved here about the same time and I was fortunate enough to buy a piece of land outside Twisp. When the Carlton Complex fires impacted so many in our community, including everyone up my creek drainage, it was no longer ambiguous to me where home was. After commuting for work for the past five years, it honestly still feels dream-like to have the privilege to live and work and invest more deeply in this community I have come to care so much about.
How does your previous work and experience set you up for this awesome new gig at Room One?
I have worked at the University of Washington since 2000 as a grant-funded faculty. My focus there is on ethics of partnerships, moving lessons learned from research into practice and policy, therapeutic relationships, and educational systems. Having spent time with clinicians, communities, policy-makers, students, educators, and organizational leaders, my favorite work is bringing diverse stakeholders together to better understand a problem and design creative solutions that will really make a difference to those most impacted by the issue. Room One’s health equity mission and community-centered practices align incredibly with the research, teaching, and practice I have done thus far. My work supporting clinicians in their most difficult conversations also gives me insight to draw on as I work now to support our One-Stop Support Center and Youth Educator teams.
What has brought you the most joy in this work so far?
Getting to work with this incredible team everyday!
What music is playing in your car right now?
KTRT as much as possible - I love hearing old favorites and new artists.
Check out the Methow Valley News article about Kelly here!